Vuelta a España Vuelta a España 2020: Stage 16 (Salamanca - Ciudad Rodrigo, 162 km)

Last year's race says otherwise.
I wouldn't hold my breath over it. That Guadalajara stage last year had cross-tailwinds the whole way on a flat/downhill course, and Roglic still only really lost time to Quintana. The climbs tomorrow aren't huge, but they're enough to deter anyone from doing anything reckless from the gun.

If someone can pull something off, my hat is off to them.
 
I wouldn't hold my breath over it. That Guadalajara stage last year had cross-tailwinds the whole way on a flat/downhill course, and Roglic still only really lost time to Quintana. The climbs tomorrow aren't huge, but they're enough to deter anyone from doing anything reckless from the gun.

If someone can pull something off, my hat is off to them.
Yeah, but that was not Roglic's fault. If Valverde had gone with Quintana, he would have won the race. Jumbo were completely caught out as was shown in their Vuelta documentary. However, it is not going to happen today.
 
Escartín knows that there were echelons in the '99 Vuelta stage that finished in Ciudad Rodrigo and has made a stage design including those climbs closer to the finish to prevent it on purpose.

 
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Yeah, but that was not Roglic's fault. If Valverde had gone with Quintana, he would have won the race. Jumbo were completely caught out as was shown in their Vuelta documentary. However, it is not going to happen today.
Wasn’t a reason that Roglic missed that split that he was sitting with Valverde? So if Valverde had made the front group, Roglic would’ve done it also.
 
Interesting stage. This should definately be something for the break.
I see Valverde on the top 3 or even top 2 on the odds sites.
However, I think he'll be hunted down if trying to breakaway. If not by TJV or Ineos, then at least by Bora, EF Education and Israel Start-up Nation.
And I don't exactly see him up there in a gathered GC field in the finish. Oh yes, if we wrote 2003 :p
 
How's the weather?
Depends a bit on which weather forecasts you use. The one I normally trust in says
Temps : ~17°C (could though be a bit colder in the heights during the day)
Winds: 5-7 m/s from SE, i.e. for the last part direct tailwind.
Preticipation: None. However bit of rain drops starting between 5pm and 6pm local time (<0.1mm per hour)
To me it sounds like perfect weather for cycling.
 
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